Questions which refer to software RAID implementations.

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Testing software RAID5 by pulling a HDD live. Bad idea?

I'm running Ubuntu Server 10.10, with software RAID5 and LVM running on top of that. I have four 2TB HDDs. I also have a separate boot drive with incremental full-system snapshots that run every four ...
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Windows 7 : soft RAID1 and dynamic volumes reliability

My setup is quite classic nowadays : 1 SSD for system/apps and 2 HDDs for data setup in a fake RAID1 array. I also have a backup scheduled every week for the data drive in case it fails because I ...
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Take one disk of external mdadm data raid 1 to travel

I have a mdadm software raid 1 on external disks with media data. For travel I want to take the data with me. I imagine to set the raid and the underlying filesystem in readonly mode and take just ...
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RAID 1 : one device reads while the other writes symmetrically. What is going on?

Take a look at the disk throughput of this two disk software RAID 1 array in a Linux 2.6.26-2-686 Debian system : As you can see, one device reads at a speed apparently close to its top throughput ...
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Re-assembling a linux RAID on different system

I am in the process of shopping for drives for my Linux Server (CentOS 6.3). I think I have it narrowed down to RAID 5 or RAID 10 (have to see what hard drive prices do) and using the Linux Software ...
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Having trouble with EXT4 on LVM on software RAID 5 (corruption)

Here's the quick and dirty of my problem. I'm using Lubuntu 12.04, Xubuntu 12.04 and plain Ubuntu 12.04. Tried with generic kernels 3.2.0-25 and 3.2.0-26. This issue persists on all 3 variants which ...
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Disk is apparently in use by the system

I've just fitted two disks to my home server. I'm trying to format and then raid them but I'm getting a problem that hours of Googling hasn't resolved this. The error that I'm getting is: # ...
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Linux - Repairing bad blocks on a RAID1 array with GPT

The tl;dr: how would I go about fixing a bad block on 1 disk in a RAID1 array? But please read this whole thing for what I've tried already and possible errors in my methods. I've tried to be as ...
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How do I tell mdadm to start using a missing disk in my RAID5 array again?

I have a 3-disk RAID array running in my Ubuntu server. This has been running flawlessly for over a year but I was recently forced to strip, move and rebuild the machine. When I had it all back ...
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How do I reinitialise a failed RAID 5 drive using terminal on Ubuntu Server

I've currently put together a new system and part of that has been creating a software RAID 5 using 'mdadm' in Ubuntu Server. I successfully got to the point where I create the array using: sudo ...
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mdadm RAID Fast Setup with Empty Drives?

I am recreating some RAID5 disks as RAID6 with mdadm. There is no data on the drives that I care about. Setting up RAID takes a while to setup the shape - I accept that when there there is data that ...
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Is it possible to use software raid in Windows 7 on the boot partition?

I want to use RAID 1 on my workstation configuration at work, and I've been looking at using the build in mirror functionality in Windows 7. When you click on the add mirror option it presents you ...
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Connecting 6 hard drives with 4 available SATA connections

I'm building my first home NAS right now, and I have a Mini-ITX motherboard with 4 SATA connections. I'd like to connect 6 hard drives in total and (preferably) use software RAID. My question is: ...
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Repairing windows 7 Raid 0

I have a raid 0 4 x1tb and 1x 3tb (a bit silly I know) but the partitions are now showing as RAW after I did a ckhdsk! is thair any raid reconfiguration software out there that will fix this? or is ...
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RAID 1 on 2 external HDDs

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 server on my old laptop. Its HDD (160 GB) is too small for the file storage I need, so I'd like to attach a couple of external HDDs to it (through USB ports). The data I'll keep ...
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How to set up software RAID 1 on Ubuntu 12.04?

My primary partition is sdb. I add new disk (sda) and formatted it as shown below: fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - Add RAID 1 Array on existing device?

I read How can I add a RAID 1 array in Ubuntu 10.04 and Installing Raid 1 on Existing Ubuntu Server. However, I only have the following 2 hard drives: dev/sdb1 where Ubuntu 12.04 is currently ...
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Ubuntu - inconsistent performance with software raid-1

I'm installing a new system using soft-raid 1 with two physical disks. While running a few tests (after waiting for the initial sync to complete) I found the harddrive speed was highly inconsistent. ...
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8 hard drives, very same model, software RAID0, terrible performance

I have 8 hard drives in my PC, assigned as storage. Three of them are attached to the mainboard. Four of them are attached to a controller [ SiL 3114 ] One of them attached to an another ...
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Can you add a hard drive to a RAID?

I've decided on creating a NAS running FreeNAS using a software RAID 5 setup. I want to start the RAID with 2x2TB drives and slowly add more 2TB drives as I go. Is this possible? If I have a full RAID ...
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Can I use an entire drive for as a software raid member?

Can I use /dev/sda and /dev/sdb for my RADI1 configuration? Or do I first have to partition both with a single Linux raid partition?
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ICH10R based RAID vs Windows 7 software RAID

It seems that performance wise these solutions are about the same and thats not my main concern anyway, but I need to know how do they compare from the point of data getting corrupted? What are the ...
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A ZFS or LVM or MD redundant heterogeneous storage proposal

I have the same problem most people have: how to create a reliable personal storage solution with the fact that: Hard drives fail with alarming regularity. Losing files is unacceptable. I will buy ...
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mdadm raid5 read error not correctable

I have a software raid5 setup existing of 4 disks. sda, sdb, sdc, sdd Since everything was up and running I wanted to test the array. To do this I pulled the plug on one of the disks (sdd). Everything ...
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How to identify raid1 disks

I would like to know how mdadm identifies physical disks of raid1 . I think it is managed by uuids not device file like /dev/sdc2 /dev/sdd2. But I can`t confirm such information of raid1.
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XFS Can't Read the Superblock

I awoke this morning to find an email from my RAID host (Linux software RAID) telling me that a drive had failed. It's consumer hardware, it's not a big deal. I have cold spares. However, when I ...
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chkdsk on a mirrored drive

I am running Windows 7 and have two 1TB hard drives mirrored using Win7 disk management. (They are not the system disk.) I am getting NTSF Error events that say "The file system structure on the ...
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Win7 soft-RAID failed, computer “jumped back in time”

I just rebooted my computer and upon logging into Windows, things seemed a little bit "off". I figured out rather quickly that everything was like it was two weeks ago. It was literally like ...
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Resize a raid1 ntfs partition

My computer is running windows 7 on a software raid1 (ntfs obviously) partition. I would like to reduce the size of the partition (currently the on whole disk) to install a raid0 (or 1 I don't know ...
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How do I mount a software RAID1 (mirror) created by windows in Linux using mdadm?

I'm switching my Windows server to Ubuntu and am trying to get my software RAID1 (mirror) that I created in Windows to show up in Ubuntu. I have read that this is possible here using mdadm, but I'm ...
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degraded mdadm RAID5 array

My /dev/md0 array just died last night. I got this email This is an automatically generated mail message from mdadm running on A Fail event had been detected on md device /dev/md0. It ...
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improving an old pc - using two HDDs

I have an old Athlon machine with 1.5GB ram and two HDDs and will install Windows 7 on it (for my mom to browse and mail). Can I get some extra performance out from the two disks? I see two scenarios: ...
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Is Online Capacity Expansion possible in Windows 7 software raid?

Many low-end raid cards now offer Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) and Online Raid Level Migration (ORLM). This explains both. Can I do OCE or ORLM on my Windows 7 software RAID to add disks and/or ...
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Install Linux mint with Raid

My MB supports fake raid (Intel DH67CL motherboard). But I was using the system in 'software raid' as I could not correctly set up fake raid in Debian. Now, I decide to use Linux Mint 12. During the ...
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How do I create a complete disk mirror in Windows Server 2008?

I'm trying to mirror a full Disk in Windows Server 2008, however I don't see any options to mirror a full Disk, only Volumes. Both disks are the same brand, size and are configured as Dynamic Disks, ...
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Windows 7 Raid - Drives can't see each other

I'm trying to stripe two drives using the disk management tool. Both partitions give me the option to stripe them but when I use the wizard the other drive doesn't show up to allow me to raid to it! ...
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Need to replace OS drive on ubuntu system, how do i keep soft-raid partition?

So right now I have a HTPC with 5 drives in it. One drive is an OS drive (mounted on /) that is starting to fail, SMART is telling me continually that I have bad sectors. The other drives are 4 ...
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Update grub for whole disks added to software raid

I have a raid-1 running under rhel6 (/dev/md0) that is mapped to /. It contains two unpartitioned disks (/dev/sda and /dev/sdb). I'd like to be able to boot from either disk. But grub won't let me ...
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RAID-1 in RHEL 6; can't get partitioning on identical devices to look identical

I have a RHEL 6 fileserver. It contains two identical 2TB SATA drives. Both are supposed to contain one partition that takes up all the space on the drive (and this used to be the case). When I had ...
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Several questions about software and onboard RAID 5

I have a few questions on how software and onboard RAID 5 compare: Is there any way to add a disk to an existing RAID 5 array using either software or onboard RAID? All motherboards I'm interested ...
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Reformat soft RAID-5 Ubuntu

I built a linux (Ubuntu) box a year ago and decided to have some fun and use a soft RAID 5. I followed the instructions here. Things seemed to work fine, but now it's time to reformat the computer ...
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Sharing an Intel RST between Windows and Linux

I have an Intel z68 motherboard, which makes use of Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) -- Version 10.5. If possible, I'd like to split my RAID 1+0 RST drive equally between a Linux and Windows ...
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CentOS - mdadm raid1 drive won't mount to default location

I'm running CentOS 5.5, the system, boot, swap, etc. is all on /dev/sda and I have two identical single-partition drives /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1 that are configured in RAID1 (using mdadm). It was working ...
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How-to change the name of an MD device (mdadm)

Here is the output from mdadm -Esv: ARRAY /dev/md127 level=raid0 num-devices=2 UUID=d89d9d45:9a420812:c44c77eb:7ee19756 devices=/dev/sdb8,/dev/sda8 This is a v0.90 array. The question is as ...
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How to remove swap partitions from RAID 1 Array on Ubuntu?

Can anyone point in the right direction on how to remove SWAP out of a RAID1 configuration on Ubuntu 10.04 server? According to the Ubuntu Advanced installation guide, here, it said to add swap to the ...
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Why do motherboard manufacturers continue to include fake RAID? [closed]

Windows 7 is becoming ubiquitous and offers a simple software RAID solution within the OS. Modern desktop Linux distros have good software RAID capability as well. But mid to high end motherboards ...
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Windows 7 Mirroring Drive Failure

I had a few questions when a drive fails that is setup with software RAID 1 in Windows 7, e.g. Dynamic disk mirroring: Will it still boot using the good drive (assuming boot drive is RAID 1), or ...
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I'm trying to mirror drives of the same model, but one appears to be slightly larger

I'm trying to mirror a drive using Disk Management in Windows Home Server 2011. The target drive (Disk 1) is the exact same model as the source drive (Disk 0), but the target drive appears to be 1MB ...
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Performance of RAID 5 with mdadm

I have set up a software-raid 5 with mdadm on a 1.3 GHz AMD Neo 36L dual core machine using 3 1.5 TB Seagate Barracude Green drives (4k sectors). The chunk size of the raid is 512 KB. On top of the ...
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Three-way mirrored RAID in Windows 7?

I sometimes find bit-rot in some of my files. This is rare, but does happen. It annoys me that this is a) undetected for long periods of time and b) not fixable (except from backups), even with the ...